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Hurricane, floods in southern Florida, Gulf Coast, Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi

Saturday, 27 August 2005

Type of Event:
Hurricane, floods
Location of Event:
Southern Florida, Gulf of Mexico, Gulf Coast of North America
Date of Charter Activation:
27/08/2005
Charter Requestor:
U.S. Geological Survey; French Civil Protection
Project Management:
USGS

Description of the event

Hurricane Katrina struck Florida south of Fort Lauderdale on 25 August 2005 as a category 1 storm. Winds of up to 128 km/h and precipitation of 380 mm in some areas caused massive damage and flooding. Authorities reported 7 dead and 3 million people without electricity in the state of Florida. By 28 August, Katrina had strengthened into a category 5 storm and turned on a northwest track across the Gulf of Mexico.